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Andrew Stanton already at work writing John Carter sequel The Gods of Mars

Feb. 20, 2012by: George Merchan
The press junket for Disney's upcoming Edgar Rice Burroughs adaptation JOHN CARTER took place last week out in the Arizona desert, and word on a potential sequel - tentatively titled JOHN CARTER: THE GODS OF MARS - is already beginning to brew.

Our own Andrew Hegele was in Carefree, Arizona for the junket and had the following to report regarding the future of Disney's would-be franchise:

"Writer-director Andrew Stanton made JOHN CARTER with a trilogy in mind, but also tried to execute it in a way where if John Carter were an only movie it would work. He has also started writing the sequel on spec, without any involvement from Disney, and will wait for the studio on deciding the fate of more movies."

Sequel news before the first film in a series even opens is simply part of the game these days. The question, however, is will JOHN CARTER - a $250 million production - open and deliver for Disney both domestically and/or overseas? Word is that the film is tracking very poorly right now, which isn't terribly surprising - marketing has not been strong nor has it been terribly well received amongst genre fans. What must the perception be among average filmgoers?

JOHN CARTER opens wide March 9th. Stay tuned for more coverage coming soon!
Source: JoBlo.com

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8:34PM on 02/20/2012
I haven't seen the movie, but I'm interested. With such a large budget, this will need to make a LOT of money for Disney to ok a seqeul. Look at the Narnia movies and Tron: Legacy, both films I really want sequels to and did decent at the box-office, but Disney passed on Narnia and no word about any Tron sequels.
I haven't seen the movie, but I'm interested. With such a large budget, this will need to make a LOT of money for Disney to ok a seqeul. Look at the Narnia movies and Tron: Legacy, both films I really want sequels to and did decent at the box-office, but Disney passed on Narnia and no word about any Tron sequels.
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5:14PM on 02/20/2012

Marketing hasn't been strong?

I get it, the books are John Carter of Mars but does it really matter that the movie is just called John Carter, really? Let it go already. The movie looks fun and I'm sure it will do well.
I get it, the books are John Carter of Mars but does it really matter that the movie is just called John Carter, really? Let it go already. The movie looks fun and I'm sure it will do well.
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3:55PM on 02/20/2012
I hope it does well there are many classic scifi books that would make great movies now that there is the technology to do them right.
I hope it does well there are many classic scifi books that would make great movies now that there is the technology to do them right.
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1:59PM on 02/20/2012

quality of the movies aside

I think this could be this years GREEN LANTERN in terms of a crappy, confused marketing campaign ruining the box office... I could see John Carter being along the same lines as Green Lantern and only JUST making it's large budget back... hopefully it does real well though!
I think this could be this years GREEN LANTERN in terms of a crappy, confused marketing campaign ruining the box office... I could see John Carter being along the same lines as Green Lantern and only JUST making it's large budget back... hopefully it does real well though!
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12:20PM on 02/20/2012
Soon to be re-titled as "The Gods".
Soon to be re-titled as "The Gods".
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9:45AM on 02/20/2012
Is putting out word of a sequel the new way of saying they won't put caught off guard if it's successful?
Is putting out word of a sequel the new way of saying they won't put caught off guard if it's successful?
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9:28AM on 02/20/2012
Following on from what topchambers said about there being so many other films (ironically inspired by John Carter of Mars) that have got there first...isn't that the problem The Phantom (Billy Zane) had when it came out? I remember people calling it a rip off of Indiana Jones...when Indiana was most probably inspired by The Phantom. Anyhoo...Disney are trying mighty hard to find another franchise to backup/replace Pirates...wonder if this'll go the way of the Prince of Persia (which I
Following on from what topchambers said about there being so many other films (ironically inspired by John Carter of Mars) that have got there first...isn't that the problem The Phantom (Billy Zane) had when it came out? I remember people calling it a rip off of Indiana Jones...when Indiana was most probably inspired by The Phantom. Anyhoo...Disney are trying mighty hard to find another franchise to backup/replace Pirates...wonder if this'll go the way of the Prince of Persia (which I actually enjoyed).
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9:06AM on 02/20/2012
I saw John Carter at an advance screening the other day. It's miles better than I thought it'd be; in some places it's very exciting. Even the C.G. fest isn't distracting.

It's only problem is that there are so many other films (ironically inspired by John Carter of Mars) that have got there first and so some of the film feels a bit cliche which is a shame.

I'd still give it a strong 7/10 though...
I saw John Carter at an advance screening the other day. It's miles better than I thought it'd be; in some places it's very exciting. Even the C.G. fest isn't distracting.

It's only problem is that there are so many other films (ironically inspired by John Carter of Mars) that have got there first and so some of the film feels a bit cliche which is a shame.

I'd still give it a strong 7/10 though...
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12:03PM on 02/20/2012
We can all rest easily now.
We can all rest easily now.
1:29PM on 02/21/2012
Suck me off.
Suck me off.
2:19PM on 02/21/2012
You mad bro? I was commending you on your articulate and insightful review.
You mad bro? I was commending you on your articulate and insightful review.